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Instagram influencers hijack the coronavirus hashtag to increase their followers

Instagram influencers are using the coronavirus hashtag in a desperate attempt to increase their followers in the midst of the global outbreak. 

At least 170 people have died from coronavirus globally and nine people have been diagnosed with the disease in Australia.

As of Friday, the coronavirus hashtag has 180,000 posts on Instagram and is skyrocketing in popularity as the disease spreads around the world. 

While many posts are directly related to the deadly disease, some Instagrammers are making the global outbreak about themselves by posting pictures that show off their bodies, high-end outfits and extravagant lifestyles.   

German influencer Fitness Oskar shared a photo with his girlfriend’s legs tightly wrapped around his waist on Friday. Instagram influencers are using the coronavirus hashtag in a desperate attempt to increase their followers in the midst of the global outbreak

A German influencer, who goes by Fitness Oskar, shared a photo with his girlfriend’s legs tightly wrapped around his waist on Friday. 

In the snap, the couple are ‘kissing’ through their face masks, which they claim is the only way they kiss in public while on holiday in Phuket, Thailand. 

‘We are not afraid of the virus… We still enjoy our vacation and hope that this misery will be stopped soon!’ Fitness Oskar captioned the post. 

On Thursday, controversial American YouTuber Logan Paul shared a picture of himself surrounded by Instagram models wearing gas masks. 

‘F**k the corona virus,’ he captioned the post. 

Malaysian-Chinese influencer Jeii Pong struck a pose for the camera in a plaid skirt, black crop top and a face mask. 

‘Remember to put your mask on to protect yourself! Checkout my stories,’ she captioned the post.  

Influencer Jeii Pong struck a pose for the camera in a plaid skirt, black crop top and a face mask. As of Friday, the coronavirus hashtag has 180,000 posts on Instagram and is skyrocketing in popularity as the disease spreads around the world

Influencer Jeii Pong struck a pose for the camera in a plaid skirt, black crop top and a face mask. As of Friday, the coronavirus hashtag has 180,000 posts on Instagram and is skyrocketing in popularity as the disease spreads around the world

Model Sonya Buchik showed off her double denim look and accessorised with a face mask in a photo from Osaka, Japan. In the caption, she reassured fans that she was not in China

Model Sonya Buchik showed off her double denim look and accessorised with a face mask in a photo from Osaka, Japan. In the caption, she reassured fans that she was not in China

Ms Buchik also shared a video dancing in a face mask to the Ariana Grande song 'break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored'

Ms Buchik also shared a video dancing in a face mask to the Ariana Grande song ‘break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’

Russian model Sonya Buchik showed off her double denim look and accessorised with a face mask in a photo from Osaka, Japan. 

‘I think everyone already knows about the Chinese virus… I don’t understand why many people think that I am in China, because I am in Japan, in Osaka!’ she captioned the post in Russian. 

She also shared a video dancing in a face mask to the Ariana Grande song ‘break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored’.

Brazilian Fashion Analyst Evelyn Marques shared a picture of herself in a face mask surrounded by Lunar New Year lanterns in Changsha, China. 

‘We are spending more time at home, which is not all bad, after all we have time to read as many books as we want, watch all the Oscar nominated films, do yoga all day and give even more attention to my dogs,’ she captioned the post in Portuguese. 

Fashion Analyst Evelyn Marques shared a picture of herself in a face mask surrounded by Lunar New Year lanterns in Changsha, China. She told her fans that coronavirus 'is not all bad' because she gets to spend more time at home

Fashion Analyst Evelyn Marques shared a picture of herself in a face mask surrounded by Lunar New Year lanterns in Changsha, China. She told her fans that coronavirus ‘is not all bad’ because she gets to spend more time at home 

Video maker Steven Divish shared a photo of himself with a face mask on and his tracksuit pants tucked into his socks, presumably to make his outfit airtight in order to protect himself from the virus

Video maker Steven Divish shared a photo of himself with a face mask on and his tracksuit pants tucked into his socks, presumably to make his outfit airtight in order to protect himself from the virus

Meanwhile, streetwear influencers were also taking the opportunity to show off the high-end brands they were wearing. 

American video maker Steven Divish shared a photo of himself with a face mask on and his tracksuit pants tucked into his socks, presumably to make his outfit airtight in order to protect himself from the virus. 

The photo from Shenzen in southeastern China was captioned: ‘Vibe check.’ 

Meanwhile, Israeli music manager Rotem Avraha shared a photo in a Moschino shirt, a Givenchy jacket and black face mask from Guangzhou in China.

Music manager Rotem Avraha shared a photo in a Moschino shirt, a Givenchy jacket and black face mask from Guangzhou in China.

Music manager Rotem Avraha shared a photo in a Moschino shirt, a Givenchy jacket and black face mask from Guangzhou in China.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA 

NEW SOUTH WALES: 4

Four people in NSW have been diagnosed with coronavirus, including three men and one woman.

January 25

  • Three men aged 43, 53, and 35 who had recently travelled to China are confirmed to have contracted the disease.
  • Two flew in from Wuhan while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, south China.
  • They are being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in stable condition.

January 27

  • A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person to test positive for the illness in NSW.
  • The woman, a student at UNSW, flew into Sydney International Airport on flight MU749 on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
  • She is being treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.

VICTORIA: 3

January 25

  • A Chinese national aged in his 50s becomes the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Australia.
  • The man flew to Melbourne on China Southern flight CZ321 from Wuhan via Guangzhou on January 19.
  • He is now in quarantined isolation at Monash Hospital in Clayton in Melbourne’s east.

January 29

  • A Victorian man in his 60s is diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • He became unwell on January 23 – two days after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
  • The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Centre. He was assessed as being well enough to stay at home.

January 30  

QUEENSLAND: 2 

January 29 

  • Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese national wass diagnosed with the virus.
  • He is being treated at Gold Coast University Hospital.  

January 30 

  •  A 42-year-old Chinese woman who was travelling in the same Wuhan tour group as the 44-year-old man tests positive. She is in Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition.

Australia has raised the travel alert level to ‘do not travel’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province. 

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says unless people have contact with someone who is unwell and has come from that part of China, there is no need for current concern.

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